DIMAPUR, April 21 - The Nagaland Government will provide immediate cash assistance to citizens stranded outside the State owing to COVID-19.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said a patient would be given a cash assistance of Rs 20,000, a professional or working person would get Rs 4,000 and a student would receive Rs 3,000.
A separate portal has been opened at iamstranded.nagaland.gov.in for this purpose, where any citizen of the State who is currently outside and is facing distress due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown, may apply for direct assistance.
The Government has also decided to reach out to daily wagers, considering the hardships they are going through. Rio said relief packets consisting of rice, dal and other essential items would be provided to the daily wagers through the respective district administrations.
CM�s Relief Fund: The Nagaland Government has disbursed Rs 2.32 crore as assistance under the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund till April 20.
An update in the �new initiatives and announcements� section of the Nagaland COVID-19 dashboard said the disbursed fund included financial assistance to students and people outside Nagaland, deputy commissioners and the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.
The financial assistance to deputy commissioners stood at Rs 1.78 crore, while an amount of Rs 20 lakh was given to the NSDMA.
The total amount given to those staying outside, including students and working people, stood at Rs 34.2 lakh, the dashboard stated. It added that a total of 2,278 working people have been assisted, while 881 students were helped through their respective Naga students� union.
Donations: The Chief Minister�s Relief Fund (CMRF) received a little over 2.95 crore as donations till date, according to the Nagaland Chief Minister�s website.
The CMRF had over Rs 84.70 lakh as the opening balance on March 26, while the total donations received after March 26 stood at Rs 2.11 crore, according to the details provided on the website.
�While every effort is made to project the exact amount, the actual figure may vary due to bank charges, interest accrual, etc.,� it added.